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Glossary of Australian Slang, Idioms, Insults, Invective, Aussie Lingo. Some funny, some rude, some just colloquial Australian vernacular.

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A

  • Acca Dacca - rock band 'AC DC'
  • ace – excellent
  • ambo - Paramedic, Ambulance Officer
  • ‘ang on – wait a moment
  • arvo – (or sarvo) afternoon
  • Aussie - person from Australia (pronounced: Ozzey)
  • ‘avago – have a go (usually ‘ya mug’ – you fool – is added); try harder

B

  • banana benders - people from Queensland
  • bangaroo - marathon sex
  • barbie – barbecue or BBQ
  • barra - a barramundi fish
  • beaut - awesome
  • bewdy or bewdy bottler – good; the best
  • Beyond the Black Stump – far from the city; the outback
  • bickie - biscut or cookie
  • bingle – minor car accident
  • blind - very drunk
  • a blinder - a big one
  • bludger – layabout, one who wants something for nothing, person who does not work or works very little
  • blue - argument
  • blues - players or supporters of the New South Wales State of Origin Rugby League team. Also known as cockroaches
  • bluey – a swag or blanket roll
  • bogan - unrefined or unsophisticated
  • The BOM - Bureau of Meteorology
  • bombed out – unsuccessful; also drunk
  • bonza - excellent
  • boomerang - wooden weapon that when thrown strikes an animal.
  • boys in blue - Police
  • bra - brother (friend)
  • brass razoo - no money (I don't have a brass razoo)
  • brekkie - breckfast
  • Brisbanites - people from Brisbane
  • buckleys - no chance
  • budgy smugglers - male swimming atire, also referred to as 'togs'
  • bummer - what a shame
  • bung it on - pretend or exagerate
  • burl - 'give it a burl' give it a go; attempt something
  • bush oyster - a type of food: sheep testicle
  • by crickey – an expression of surprise

C

  • cabbit - to take a ride in a taxi cab
  • cabbage - a taxi cab
  • cactus – useless, broken
  • cark it – to die
  • cashed up – having plenty of ready money
  • cheesed (off) – bored; fed up
  • chewy – chewing gum
  • chock-a-block - really full
  • chockers - really full
  • chook – domestic fowl
  • chook raffle – a lottery in which the prize is chicken meat; usually held in a ‘pub’ (hotel)
  • chop - cut of lamb meat
  • chuck a wobbly – go berserk
  • cobber – friend
  • cockroaches - people from New South Wales
  • cocky – know all; also a small farmer
  • codswallop - nonsense
  • cold one - a beer or other alcohol
  • combo - combination
  • come a cropper – to fall heavily
  • cool bananas - all is good
  • cot case – a drunk or exhausted person only fit for bed
  • cracking - excellent / get cracking - start something

D

  • daks - pants
  • dart - (ciggie) cigarette
  • Darwin stubby - 2 litre bottle of beer
  • dash - leave (gotta dash - gotta leave)
  • deadhead – a stupid person
  • deadly - excellent ("The Deadlys" is an award program to recognise the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to their community and to Australian society)
  • dead marine – an empty beer bottle (also: dead soldier)
  • dead set – certain; assured; used as an exclamation meaning ‘really!’
  • dead set against it – uncooperative
  • dev-o - devistated
  • dickhead - idiot
  • didge - didgeridoo (musical instrument)
  • dingy - small aluminium boat
  • dinky-di – genuine
  • dip stick - idiot
  • do your lolly (or mellon; nana; loaf) – to get very angry
  • dob in – to betray or report someone to the authorities; also to nominate someone for an unpleasent task
  • dodgy (or dodge) - no credability ot quality
  • dole bludger - lazy welfare payment recipient
  • don’t get off your bike – calm down
  • drongo – stupid person (you bloody drongo)
  • dry as a drovers dog – extremely thirsty
  • dumb ass - stupid
  • dunny – an outside toilet
  • esky – a portable icebox or cooler (brand name)
  • eureka - to strike it rich, or have a win; exclamation of victory

F

  • fair crack of the whip – ease up (also: fair suck of the surf; fair shake of the sauce bottle)
  • fair dinkum – honest; genuine
  • fair enough – alright; acceptable
  • fair go – a chance; also an appeal for fairness
  • fan-bloody-tastic - fantastic
  • flake (out) – to collapse; to fall asleap
  • flat out - rushed; extremely busy; going very fast
  • flat out like a lizard drinking – rushed; extremely busy; going very fast
  • flush – having plenty of money
  • fossick – to search for something
  • freak out – to have an extreme reaction (good or bad) to something
  • full as a goog (tick; boot) – drunk; full of food after a big meal
  • full stop - punctuation mark (known as a period in the United States)

G

  • Gabba - Brisbane Cricket and Aussie Rules sports ground
  • game as Ned Kelly – very brave (Ned Kelly was a daring bushranger [robber] in 1878)
  • gander - 'have a gander' to 'have a look'
  • garbage – an exclamation meaning ‘what rubbish, I don’t believe you!’
  • garbo - garbage collector
  • g-banga - g-string underwear
  • g’donya – good for you; well done; can also be sarcastic; or mean ‘I don’t believe you’
  • get stuffed - insult
  • go off like a bucket of prawns in the sun – to create a commotion
  • good one – an explanation of approval; or comment that someone is stretching the truth
  • good-o – yes, alright
  • goon - wine sold inside a bag and cardboard box
  • goose - 'you goose' means 'you clown'
  • grub - food
  • gutful – more than enough (I’ve had a gutful of this – I’ve had enough)

H

  • hammered - very drunk
  • hasta - has to happen
  • have tickets on yourself – to be conceited
  • hit the deck – to duck; to put your head down
  • hit the tin – put money in the kitty; to contribute to a collection of cash
  • hoon – a stupid or uncultivated person; also a fast or wreckless driver
  • hooroo – goodbye
  • how ya garn - how are you going / hello
  • hundreds and thousands - sprinkles on a desert
  • hungries (or: hungry bum snacks) - Hungry Jacks (Burger King)
  • I'll be buggered - shock or suprise
  • in the wars - having a tough time or sustaining an injury
  • irrits - irritated
  • jackaroo - male working with cattle or horses
  • joey - baby kangaroo
  • joolaroo - female working as a jackaroo
  • kero - kerosene
  • kick in – to help out with money
  • knee high to a grasshopper - a yong child (short)
  • knock – to criticise, find fault
  • knocker – a person who makes derogatory remarks
  • knockers - breats

L

  • larrikin – mischievous, wild or carefree person
  • lations - family relatives or 'relations'
  • like a hornet in a bottle – furious
  • like a possum up a gum tree – moving fast
  • like a rat up a drainpipe – moving even faster
  • lingo – language
  • loaded – extremely wealthy; also very drunk
  • local rag - local newspaper
  • lollies - candy
  • longkneck - 750ml bottle of beer (also: tallie)

  • mackas - McDonalds
  • main drag - main road or street through a town
  • maroons - players or supporters of the Queensland State of Origin Rugby League team. Also known as cane toads.
  • mate – good or best friend; also used to greet someone as in ‘G’day mate’
  • matilda – a blanket roll carried by a swagman
  • Melbournians - people from Melbourne
  • metho - methylated spirits
  • mexicans - people from the state south of yours
  • milko - milk home delivery person
  • m’oath – my oath; on my oath. bloody oath - i agree
  • mozzie - mosquito
  • mug – fool
  • mulga – rough country (actually: a type of tree)
  • muso - musician

N

  • nada - nothing
  • no-hoper – incompetent person; social misfit
  • nosh up – a good meal
  • nick – to steal
  • nicked – to be caught; (I got nicked – I got caught) go away; (get nicked)
  • nick off – to go away; expression meaning ‘lose yourself!’
  • nifty – stylish; clever; shrewd to the point of dishonesty
  • nipper - young trainee beach life guard, often pre or early teen.
  • nitwit - a stupid person
  • novocastrian - someone who was born in Newcastle / supporting the local rugby league team.
  • ocker – the archetypal uncultivated Australian male
  • off tap - really good or really bad
  • outback – the inland country far away from large cities

P

  • pear shaped - when things go wrong
  • pearla - something really good
  • pelican - a large sea bird, someone who is a pelican is a clown or an idiot
  • pint of beer - 570ml
  • piss ant - insult
  • piss farting around - procrastinating
  • piss head - someone who drinks alcohol a lot
  • popper - juice box
  • prang – minor car accident
  • prawn - shrimp
  • pot of beer - 285ml (a 'one pot screamer' is someone who gets drunk off very little alcohol). Also known as a 'middy' or 'half pint'
  • pull your head in - stop acting that way
  • rack off – to go away
  • Julia Gillard - Rangaranga - person with red hair (Julia Gillard former Australian Prime Minister - pictured right)
  • rego - vehicle registration
  • righto - alright
  • ring-in – a substitute
  • rissole - a type of meatball flattened out; or fat meat patty. (also: 'given the rissole' sacked or fired from employment).
  • road train - a truck with many sections attached (some road trains are over a kilometre long)
  • ron - later on
  • round-about: trafic circle
  • rort – a con
  • rubbish - trash, garbage

S

  • sangers – sandwiches
  • scaddle - leave some where quickly
  • scallywag - naughty child or person
  • schnoz - (or schnozza) a nose
  • schoolies - high school graduates holiday for a week (Schoolies Week) at a beachside destination, (Known as 'leavers' in Western Australia). Younger people who have not yet graduated but attend are called 'foolies' and older people have graduated in years past and crash the party are known as 'toolies'.
  • schooner of beer - 425ml
  • shandy - beer with a dash of lemonade
  • shit for brains - stupid
  • shrapnel - low denomination coins
  • ’scuse me - excuse me
  • servo - a petrol station or gas station
  • shed - barn
  • sheila - Australian slang for girl or woman
  • she’ll be apples, she’s sweet – it’ll be fine
  • shoey - drinking alcohol out of a shoe
  • shoot through - to go somewhere else (or he shot through)
  • shonky – poor quality
  • shotgun - the front passenger seat of a vehicle
  • shout – to buy drinks for everyone
  • shrapnel - coins of a low denomination
  • shut the front door - you are kidding right?
  • sickie – a day taken off work, but not necessarily because of illness
  • skinfull - he has had a skinfull - he is very drunk
  • skip or skippy – Australian-born (from Skippy the kangaroo [a TV show])
  • skite – a bragger
  • slack - work left over by a lazy person. To 'pull up the slack' is to do the work left over by others.
  • a slash - to take 'a slash' or 'have a slash' - to urinate
  • smashed - very drunk on alcohol or drugs
  • smoko – a break from work (originally a cigarette)
  • snags – sausages
  • snog - passionate kiss
  • sparkie - electrician
  • speedo - vehicle speedomoter
  • spewing - angry
  • spunk - a good looking person
  • spunk rat - a sexually promiscuous person
  • spunky - looking great
  • stinker – an objectionable person
  • stone the crows – exclamation of astonishment
  • Straya - short for Australia
  • stubby - a bottle of beer (330ml) or stubbie / a brand of shorts
  • stubby cooler - used to keep your hand warm and a beer cold
  • sweet as - (or: sweet as a nut) excellent
  • swag – a blanket roll of light bedding
  • swagman – a man who travels around the country on foot and takes odd jobs usually in the outback
  • Sydneyites - people from Sydney

T

  • tada - suprise
  • through to the keeper - over her head - didn't understand a joke
  • tradie - trades person
  • tucker - food
  • tucker box - container for food
  • ratbag – a rogue; an eccentric person
  • rev head - motoring enthusiest
  • rubbish – to criticice; to mock
  • servo - petrol station
  • ta - thank you
  • tall poppy (/syndrome) - a cultural tendancy to cut people down to size - criticise people who excell or achieve significantly / or publicly above others.
  • ta-ta – goodbye
  • Taswegins - people from Tasmania
  • that's just not cricket - does not comply to rules or norms
  • the ditch - water between Australia and New Zealand
  • tinnie – a can of beer; a small aluminum boat
  • too right – an exclamation meaning ‘I agree’
  • top drop – a good beer or wine
  • true blue – genuine
  • tucker - food
  • twit – a fool

U

  • ubes - Uber
  • uie - perform a u-turn in a vehicle (chuck a uie - turn around)
  • up the duff - pregnant
  • ute – open backed pick-up truck
  • uterus - ute
  • veg out – relax
  • WACA - cricket ground in Western Australia
  • wag – to play truant
  • wanker - (wank - to masterbate) idiot
  • wheelie – a noisy skidding turn while driving
  • wheely bin - a council issued rubbish bin on two wheels
  • whinge – to complain
  • whopper – something surprisingly big
  • woomera - spear throwing device
  • woop woop - out in the middle of no where
  • wowser – a killjoy; a prudish teetotaler
  • write-off – a total loss
  • wuss – spoilsport; afraid to have a go
  • yakka – hard or heavy work
  • yank - American
  • yarn - to have a conversation
  • yobbo – a loud or stupid uncultivated person
  • yonks ago (or yonks and yonks ago) - a long time ago
  • z - pronounced 'zed'
  • zonked (out) – tired out; exhausted

Australian Spoonerisms

  • no wucking furries (or: no wuccas) - no worries
  • cunny funt - a funny person